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Brandon Ray Designated 5-Time Master CFI

Brandon Ray Designated 5-Time Master CFI

He first earned this national professional accreditation in 2009, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 30 worldwide to earn the credential four (5) times.

Limited Time – Come See the New Diamond DA62

Limited Time – Come See the New Diamond DA62

Stop by for a casual look at the new DA62 and see how it spoils pilots and passengers alike. From comfortable access and a spacious cabin to the sleek, all-carbon composite airframe, you’ve got to see why the DA62 is called the ultimate flying machine. Contact Brandon Ray (email [email protected] or call 866-227-8149) to schedule your showing.

Aviation Trivia Seminar

Aviation Trivia Seminar

Back by popular demand, Aviation Trivia Night will give pilots an opportunity to challenge themselves on a variety of aviation topics, including VFR and IFR procedures, airspace, weather, rules and regulations, aviation history, and more.

Lightspeed Headsets: Wired or Wireless?

Lightspeed Headsets: Wired or Wireless?

Christmas is just around the corner. Do you need an idea for the pilot or right seat partner in your life? Check out these Lightspeed headsets that offer remarkable performance and have a multitude of advanced features at a great price. Lightspeed was ranked #1 in the latest Professional Pilot Headset Preference Survey, so whether you choose the wired Zulu.2 ANR headset or the Tango® wireless headset, you can’t go wrong.

A Pilot’s Review of the Cessna Caravan CE-208

A Pilot’s Review of the Cessna Caravan CE-208

The Cessna Caravan is an iconic airplane, easily recognizable by its high-wing design, PT6 turboprop engine and suburban-of-the-sky demeanor. This summer I was fortunate to fly the Cessna Caravan on a demo flight in Conroe, Texas (KCXO). First, I rode along as a passenger to get a feel from the passenger’s perspective, and later, I flew the airplane from the front seat and experienced the handling characteristics for myself. The Caravan provides power, utility, versatility, and fun, while operating more cost-effectively than turboprop twins. Caravan operators appreciate the consistent reliability provided by this proven time-tested airplane.

Professional Aircraft Brokerage Services

Professional Aircraft Brokerage Services

Professional Aircraft Brokerage Services What is an aircraft broker? A broker is an independent agent whose prime responsibility is to bring sellers and buyers together and facilitate the transfer of ownership. Whether you are buying or selling an...

From Right Seat Passenger to Partner In Command

From Right Seat Passenger to Partner In Command

The PIC course has been well received by partners who leave with a greater understanding of flight procedures and better prepared to survive an emergency and help their flying partner. I recently attended the PIC course at Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (KCXO) and recommend it to anyone who flies in the right seat. One of the biggest lessons I learned was that when faced with an emergency, it’s easy to panic, unless your training kicks in. If you practice for an emergency, when it occurs, you will know how to deal with it. While the course does not teach you to fly, it offers practical suggestions for an in-air emergency.

EAA AirVenture: An Aviation Pilgrimage

EAA AirVenture: An Aviation Pilgrimage

I’ve always liked Wisconsin. From the bustling old-big-city feel of Milwaukee to the relaxed countryside, Wisconsin almost immediately conjures thoughts of bratwurst, grilled corn, and really nice folks. Great cheese, good German food, and excellent beer aside, Wisconsin is home to EAA AirVenture, an annual pilgrimage of aviation enthusiasts of all flavors. This year I was fortunate to have the opportunity to accompany a customer to AirVenture in, appropriately, a home-built Vans RV-10.

ADS-B Get Ready for 2020!

ADS-B Get Ready for 2020!

The ADS-B Mandate is just around the corner. By January 1, 2020, everyone will need to be on board with ADS-B when flying in any airspace that currently requires Mode C transponder. A lot of the discussion I have seen online about ADS-B has been focused on the politics. There is a great deal of resistance to the ADS-B mandate due to the financial burden it places on aircraft owners. Groups such as AOPA are actively advocating for aircraft owners in an attempt to delay the mandate. Regardless of your feelings about whether ADS-B is a benefit, it would be wise to be prepared for the mandate.

A Detailed Review of the New HondaJet

A Detailed Review of the New HondaJet

I first saw the HondaJet in person at EAA AirVenture last year. Honda hosted a huge crowd and hundreds of people gathered under the Honda tent just to catch a glimpse of the revolutionary jet. With the composite fuselage and over-the-wing engine design, this sleek airplane has exceptional ramp appeal. The wings are designed with a smooth surface allowing for laminar flow over the wings, which increases the efficiency and improves the aerodynamics of the aircraft.

FAA Airport/Facility Directory to be renamed Chart Supplement

FAA Airport/Facility Directory to be renamed Chart Supplement

On March 31, 2016, the “green books” pilots depend on will change its official name from Airport/Facility Directory (AF/D) to U.S. Chart Supplement. In its charting notice to announce the change, the FAA said the update will bring the publication in line with Interagency Air Cartographic (AICC) 8 guidelines for printed material.

X Marks the Failure: FAASafety Team Seminar on April 27th, 2016

X Marks the Failure: FAASafety Team Seminar on April 27th, 2016

X Marks the Failure On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Gentry Shelton, Commercial Pilot, CFII, MEI, High Performance Aviation, will present an FAA Safety Team talk on identifying and troubleshooting pitot-static failures. Modern technology has made our...

Diamond DA62 Review – A Pilot’s Perspective on the New Light Twin

Diamond DA62 Review – A Pilot’s Perspective on the New Light Twin

It was time to fire up the engines. As I was mentally preparing for the demo pilot to open the checklist, he had me turn on the master engine switch. Then he directed me to push a button in front of me for a few seconds. Next thing I knew the engine was running. Wait, what? Yes, that was it. One switch and one push of a button and the engine was running smoothly.

Challenge Air Fly Day at Conroe – North Houston Regional Airport

Challenge Air Fly Day at Conroe – North Houston Regional Airport

Conroe – North Houston Regional Airport (KCXO) will host Challenge Air Fly Day on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9 am – 4pm. This one-day event offers special needs children and youths the opportunity to build their confidence and self esteem through the experience of flight.

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